You’ve no doubt by now learned of Jordin Sparks bathing suit feature in Shape Magazine. In her feature, Sparks showcases a phenomenal 50 pound weight loss. The beautiful 5′ 10″ American Idol winner donned two bikinis in the August 2012 issue. Jordin, who never felt she had a weight issue to begin with, desired to look and feel healthier than she had. But what exactly did she do to lose weight?
How Jordin Sparks Lost 50 Pounds
Life on the road as an international superstar can wreak havoc on one’s health. Jordin was no exception. Her “insane” schedule left her often fending for herself amongst sugary pastries and calorie-loaded drinks at Starbucks early in the morning and eating fatty hotel meals late at night right before bed. It also didn’t help that Sparks’ love of food made harnessing proper portions difficult. “I was eating a lot,” says Jordin. “It was crazy.”
To lose weight, Jordin initially focused on making smarter choices and eating smaller portions. Instead of cheesy nachos and pasta, she began opting for sauteed turkey breasts with steamed vegetables. Trimming portions regularly allowed Sparks to begin eyeballing her food to make sure it “fits on a normal-sized plate,” and she regularly made herself conscious of eating habits.
“I ask myself, ‘Do you really need another helping or do you just want one?’” she confessed.
Getting physically active was another challenge for the statuesque beauty. Initially, Jordin started off slowly, taking daily trail walks by her home in Phoenix, Arizona. As her strength and energy gradually picked up, she began hiking nearby mountains. Challenging herself even further, Jordin incorporated strength-training and Zumba classes at her local gym.
Before long, the weight started falling off. “I could see my muscles!” Sparks explained. Press feature requests from People, who placed her in their Most Amazing Bodies issue, and other publications came in. Sparks also received a call from Hollywood inviting her to audition for Sparkle, which later became Jordin’s first leading role. (The movie premieres August 17th.)
Right now, the “No Air” songstress is undeniably on top of the world. Recording songs for her new album and putting in work for a role in an indie film, Jordin is fighting hard against any attempts to typecast her. “I love being creative and want to try a bunch of different things.”
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